It's day one of the 2019 Ultimate Home Checklist Challenge (I'll be sharing my updates each day throughout this first week . . .), and the first thing I had to tackle (EEK!) was my pantry.
Hint: Each week in the challenge is one BIG task (the pantry this week!) along with simpler daily tasks to manage each day. You can do that task any time in the week, I just wanted to get this one out of the way!
I have a mountain of excuses as to why it looks this way (um, three kids home from school, running a deal blog during the Christmas season, having a husband who kind of refuses to pare things down …. not to mention being a frugal girl who hates throwing things away.
This is ridiculous.
Let me give you a closer peek.
Yup, things were clearly a wee bit out of control around here.
But, my sweet Caroline and I set to work, and in a few hours (yes, hours) we completed the task
Here's a peek.
ALL OF THAT WAS SOMEHOW IN OUR PANTRY.
I. can't. even.
We'd picked up a few containers at Home Goods (which were pretty reasonable – between $5-$10 each . . . ), looked up “Pinterest Perfect Pantries”, and de-clutttered a ton.
Here's how things shaped up at the end of the day . . .
BEFORE > > >
AFTER > > >
Here's the thing.
While I'm pretty good at keeping up my home (the daily tasks are easy for me!) the BIG projects that just need to get tackled often get thrown aside because I'm just too busy.
I have a busy job, busy kids, and a busy life. The pantry simply isn't a priority. (Until we need dinner and can't find it. Yikes.)
Especially as a frugal girl (who's been pinching pennies her entire life!) I hate throwing things away out of fear that one day we won't be able to afford them. (Which is something I think all frugal folks struggle with!)
But keeping expired 2003 Jell-o (um, not kidding . . . ) clearly isn't a win for anyone.Which is why I decided I needed a doable strategy for both you and me, and we'll be tackling it all together in 2019.
(And in all honesty, most of the things on this list are things I've done in our own family for years. The pantry is just one I've always struggled with, partly because I can't keep my family on board. But remember, THIS IS THE YEAR OF THE PANTRY. 🙂 So I'm going to win this time.) 🙂 🙂 🙂
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